Monday, 7 October 2013

Disappearances by Shinji Turner-Yamamoto

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Turner-Yamamoto’s installation comprised fossil materials – 400 million year old CORAL collected during a recent artist residency at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, LIMESTONE (fossil rock in which the shells of sea dwellers are cemented in a solid mass, the CONCRETE floor of the exhibition space created from burnt limestone), and GYPSUM (deposits formed by ancient lake and sea water and collected by the artist and SiTE:LAB team from Grand Rapid’s gypsum mine) to comment on the ubiquity of fossil material in our everyday life—from the oil, coal, and gas we use when we drive, heat our homes, or cook. Working in tandem with the rhythm of the natural light engaging the space he created a primordial sea, an artistic ritual exploring a poetic reunion with nature, emphasizing the interconnectedness of all life across and outside time.




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